Garmin & The Biological Age Model

Garmin Biological Age Model (by Scor)

Garmin has today announced a link up for their wearables with a Biological Age Model created by SCOR Life.

It will be interesting to see if this ties in with other 3rd party providers’ versions of ‘fitness age’ which, in some ways sounds easier to quantify than ‘Biological Age’. Maybe they’re the same?

 

For example, this chart from a recent piece by WHOOP shows how HRV varies by age so you might say that if your HRV 80ms then you have a biological age of 20 or that if your VO2max is 53 then you have a fitness age of 23 – or whatever the actual numbers come out at when you compare YOUR reading to that of the population. But the underlying and unfortunate truth is that, as we age, our VO2max capacity and HRV generally fall. Of course, readers of this blog know how to arrest such annoying trends (#ExerciseBaby)

This kind of announcement will be no surprise to many as it sees further links between tech and finance. Essentially it’s clear that the world is moving to a place where fitter and more apparently ‘young’ people are deemed to be lower risks when it comes to costs of longevity.  This is going to start playing a MUCH bigger role in determining healthcare costs and provision.

The only reason I’m mentioning this relatively trivial-sounding announcement is that it adds some context to last week’s acquisition of FITBIT by Google. It is precisely for reasons like this tie-up between Garmin and SCOR that MEDICAL STUFF is going to start making the news ever more often.

Fitbit acquired by Google

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Garmin & The Biological Age Model

  1. Have Garmin Vivoactive music 3. My biological age has varied from depending on exercise usually around mid 40s…… a lot younger than my actual age. Got shin splints so not walking. and can’t register your VO2 max swimming since the heart rate monitor is turned off. Since the watch has been replaced or repaired 5 times in less than a year wouldn’t recommend it. At the moment without exercise the watch decides to monitor of its own accord and I’m sadly 56.😭

  2. In connect the “physical age” is linked to VO2Max it seems ? Seems a bit simplistic but hey it tells me I’m 20 (vs 2+x) and top 1% of my age group so I’ll take it 😉

    • Yep, in Connect its linked to a table wich compares your VO2Max to a typical persons age. I think this data is from FirstBeat. But: It always said that it is depending on VO2Max, its even on the same page.

    • Firstbeat Fitness Age: “While your VO2max describes your current fitness level, it’s not always easy to know what means. Fitness Age is a relatable metric that reinterprets your VO2max score in terms of age. Regularly engaging in the right types of physical activity will help you boost your VO2max score and will reduce your Fitness Age. “

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